Backpacking

Top 10 Things To Do In Nicaragua

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nicaragua is beginning to appear on the radar of travelers, with its natural beauty and old-fashioned charm that neither tourism nor internal strife has ruined. It’s a low-key, slow-moving Latin American culture, inexpensive to travel and live in, and is often referred to as “Costa Rica 30 years ago.” Nicaragua is easy to travel within […]

Pan-American Transmissions Part 6: Capurgana, Taganga and Colombia’s Sweet Caribbean Cacophony

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions Part 6 “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. The FARC is almost dead, and it’s dinosaurs that seem […]

The Expeditioner’s Travel Guide To Guatemala (HD)

Monday, May 21, 2012

In this travel video guide to Guatemala, I head down to Guatemala and explore scenic Antigua, hike Volcano Pacaya, take a road trip to Lake Atitlan (and ride a horse along its banks), then head north to Tikal, home to the capital of the once mighty Mayan Empire, where I climb the many temples that […]

Koh Rong: Get There Quick Before . . .

Friday, May 11, 2012

Unspoiled, turquoise-green, powder-white beaches, inexpensive . . . You’ve heard these adjectives before when describing beaches in Southeast Asia, right? However, they’re usually followed up with such words as: full-moon party, MDMA, overcrowded, touristy. Thus is the result of decades-worth of word-of-mouth recommendations for islands such as Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, and […]

Pleasure And Necessity: Expats Adrift In Antigua, Guatemala

Monday, May 7, 2012

“Hop on! Just make sure you don’t burn your leg on the exhaust.” I straddled the back third of the scooter seat behind my newfound gringo and gringa companions, Luke and Leta, and started looking for a bar or something to grab onto. “Put your hands around my waist, no need to be shy,” Leta […]

Pan-American Transmissions Part 5: 10,000 Ways From Panama To Colombia, None Of Them Paved

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions Part 5 “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. The Pan-American highway runs from the top of Alaska to […]

14 Unforgettable Images From Guatemala

Monday, April 9, 2012

At 12,336 feet, Volcán de Agua towers over Antigua, which was once the capital of the country until 1773 when a massive earthquake struck destroying much of the country. Antigua’s population is only about 30,000 people, but during the height of the tourist season that number swells to over 60,000, many of whom are there attending one […]

How I Learned To Find Family In Northern Thailand

Monday, March 19, 2012

I’m not a very touchy person. Hugs are reserved for good friends and family, and I can’t remember the last boyfriend whose hand I actually enjoyed holding. I’ll slap you a good ‘ol American high-five but please do not force me into the fashionable double-cheek kiss scenario. This preference for personal space was never more […]

5 Coffee Shops In Amsterdam To Visit Before The City Goes Legit

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Among other great attractions in the city, Amsterdam is world famous for its “cannabis coffee shops.” Each offers their own atmosphere and are great places to hang out on while on break visiting the city sites. They are, of course, world famous for offering marijuana on their menus. However, in 2004, Amsterdam followed the example […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Machu Picchu And The 5 Best Ways To Get There

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

James Gilland is the marketing coordinator at AdventureLink.com and associate editor of its blog. AdventureLink is a site that helps travelers find and book the world’s best adventure trips. For more information about visiting Machu Picchu, visit AdventureLink’s Machu Picchu tours page. 1) Machu Picchu Was Never Actually Finished Archaeologists believe that construction on Machu […]

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